SWANA Training

SWANA training group photo, with six attendees and one instructor

By: Maddie Ferber

Program Director Maddie Ferber was in Omaha on July 19-20 for the Managing Recycling Systems course we hosted in partnership with SWANA. We enjoyed lots of conversation, laughter, and tons of recycling information! A wide range of topics were covered, addressing the challenges faced in every aspect of running a recycling program – from crafting an educational campaign on reducing contamination to drafting collection and hauling contracts. While webinars and online resources are more abundant than ever, one of the most valuable components of the course was the ability for participants to share real life, local examples of successes and challenges experienced in our communities – like City of Omaha’s experience rolling out the new collection carts, or how they manage the waste auditing process with Firstar Fiber. 

The Nebraska Recycling Council is committed to making professional development and ongoing education available to recycling professionals across the state. Helping our recycling professionals across the state stay informed, educated, and connected serves to stabilize and strengthen recycling statewide. 

Thank you to SWANA and our amazing participants from Firstar Fiber, City of Omaha, City of Lincoln, and City of Albion. And of course, a huge thank you to NDEE for the grant funding to offer scholarships for this course!